Obama Ponders Outreach to Elements of the Taliban
I think that he may be listening to the right advisors, but he has to take a different approach its better than staying with the status quo. This affair is not going to be won on strength its going to won at looking at the history of events and see that the russian invaders and all invaders have not really won a thing in Afghanistan. The tribesmen there have been struggling and fighting for centuries they are not easily over whelmed, kept in check but never over runned. Its all a matter of bad moutain terain that allows the enemy to hide, fight then go back into hiding. The fight amost like the scotish warriors of old and the biggest empire them days had to build a wall.
Mr. Obama pointed to the success in peeling Iraqi insurgents away from more hard-core elements of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, a strategy that many credit as much as the increase of American forces with turning the war around in the last two years. “There may be some comparable opportunities in Afghanistan and in the Pakistani region,” he said, while cautioning that solutions in Afghanistan will be complicated.
This is not a fight the west can win without coming to an aggreement with the tribesmen because they will never give in.
As he pressed forward with ambitious plans at home to rewrite the tax code, expand health care coverage and curb climate change, Mr. Obama dismissed criticism from conservatives that he was driving the country toward socialism. After the interview, which took place as the president was flying home from Ohio, he called reporters from the Oval Office to assert that his actions have been “entirely consistent with free-market principles” and to point out that large-scale government intervention in the markets and expansion of social welfare programs began under President George W. Bush.
You may note in the new york times story the comment about social reform and socialism of which I find amusing as it referer to President Bush's Administration for starting the train that Obama's now driving home.